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the south, from kentucky, has always been critical of the nra, long before he became a member of congress. he is he has an f rating from the nra. as he told us yesterday and more and more people recognize this. one of the reasons you see so many republicans and democrats, they may not be willing to stand up to grover norquist but they are willing to stand up to the nra and the reason they are is because they recognize two things about the nra now, which hadn't really come to light before. number 1 is, it's no longer what we used to thing of it as just a nice grass roots organization where people who like to go hunting with their kids, you know, maybe collect some guns. just law-abiding gun owners johnny six-shooter representing them. no. no. the nra is a big gun manufacturer's lobby. they have become really the front for the gun manufacturers of the country, those who are manufacturing the guns that are killing our kids. there is a recent study out that showed since 2005, the nra got $53 million from its corporate partners 74% of those corporate partners either
school tragedy by suggesting there should be more guns on campus not less. nra says there should be an armed officer, police officer at every school. comments generated as you can imagine quite a reaction today. here's political reporter mark matthe matthews. >>reporter: national rifle association sent a sharp message through its leader wayne la pierre. no retreat. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >>reporter: leader said what is needed is armed police officer in every single school. and he accused washington of rank hypocracy protecting the president and congress with armed security but failing to do the same for school childre children. >> we as society leave them every day utterly defenseless. >>reporter: nrav p unloaded on the news media for the way it reports on mass murderer. he condemned producers of violent video games. san francisco police chief greg sur points out no mention of guns. >> to suggest that guns shouldn't be part of the conversation? i just think it's ridiculous. guns have to be part of the conversation. >>re
with the debate. >>reporter: protestors demonstrated outside the nra headquarters in washington, d.c. this morning. long tame 51 rights congressman of weather virginia told msnbc said it's time to do something. >> i don't know anybody that needs 30 rounds to good huntin hunting. >>reporter: senator feinstein will rae introduce an assault weapon ban that expired in 199 1994. >> the dark time of my life back in 1993 when my wife was killed at 101 california stree street. >>reporter: steven became a gun control activist and testified before congress stood with senator feinstein as president clinton signed the law. he watched 10 years later as congress let that law expir expire. >> senator frist at the time senate majority leader was bold enough to say that it was the will of the people to let it expire and boy i sure wish congress would call senator frist in front of them now. >>reporter: firearms instructor jackson says it's not the guns or high capacity clip. he blames violence in the mass media aimed the children violent video games. >>ok advocate violence and pushing it and
not stop it. >> the nra's blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. >> reporter: some teachers in utah say they want more gun training. and organizers are already planning another class for the next holiday break. >> i can go up and over. >> reporter: cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> cecilia, thank you. >>> and now, made in america tonight and a hopeful sign from ford. the automaker announcing its plan to pump three quarters of a billion dollars into plants in michigan. 2,300 new jobs. >>> and speaking of made in america, our christmas challenge. and tonight, the big reveal here. the factories saying thank you for the joy and the jobs you created. merry christmas. it was the made in america christmas challenge. you can see the christmas lights are up. across the country, even the mall of america. inside, santa taking those requests. david muir with "world news." how are you? >> oh, good. how are you? >> reporter: i'm just curious. of those kids sitting on santa's lap, how much of what they're asking for is made in america? >> oh, oh. i guess -
gun violence. the nra is expected to speak out tomorrow in its first news conference since the tragedy. and abc's jake tapper joins us from the white house. with the very latest. you asked the president yesterday in the news conference, where have you been for four years on this issue to eradicate semiautomatic weapons? >> reporter: that's right. then-senator biden had written that ban into law in 1994. but it expired in 2004. the vice president will be meeting with chiefs of police who support reinstating that ban. and the president will be reaching out to lawmakers to try to come up with post-newtown solutions. president obama had promised the citizens of newtown meaningful action. and in a morning press conference, he explained what that meant. an administration focused on preventing future tragedies by focusing on mental health, culture, education, and gun control. >> the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst vi
and the fallout from the n-r-a comments continue. national rifle association president david keene is speaking out today.nearly two weeks after the connecticut school massacre. n-r-a executive vice president wayne lapierre first addressed the issue last friday.calling for armed officers in all u-s schools. lapierre blamed recent mass shootings on poor oversight of the mentally ill, violent t-v shows, movies and video games.among ofther things. today keene responded to the backlash over lapierre's suggestions on school security. >> when wayne lapeer spoke about a week ago, he suggested that what has to happen and what should happen is that in every school district, administrators, teachers and parents should sit down and ask what's needed to protect the students in that school. some of them will want police officers there. others of them will want private security guards. there may be some places they want volunteers to do it. we're willing to work with everybody on those questions. but the fact is that is not a crazy suggestion. >> reporter: keene's comments come one day after a new york newspaper
. >> that is right. pledging to make sure that this never happens again. nra promises to reveal details so we shall see. more young victims laid to rest today. abc 7 news is live tonight from new town, connecticut.
security guard on campus and another one nearby could not stop it. >> the nra's blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. >> reporter: some teachers in utah say they want more gun training. and organizers are already planning another class for the next holiday break. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> you didn't have any armed teachers when you grew up, did you? >> i did. i had an armed teacher, not a teacher, an officer and a drug sniffing dog to go around and sniff the lockers. but i never thought about whether they made me feel safe. >> what do you think now in retrospect, do you think it kept your school safe? >> it may have. i grew up in a small town. we never had too many bad things happen. >> the discussions come up after newtown. these are very important discussions people are having about how to keep schools safe. i think the question i would ask, where do you draw the line? if it's teachers that are armed, who is to say parents might not say we want to patrol our kid's school? i don't know the answers to that. it's very complicated. >> it
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